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Where is Revival Needed?

May 18, 2009

“Where is Revival Needed?”

Here is the sermon that someone referred to in the comments.

So, where else is revival needed?

Text:  Proverbs 29:18

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.


  • What is Revival?  Back to Life!
  • No Vision, People Perish, Need Revival
  • When we’re sick, we go to the doctor and he examines us, we expect him to address the areas that are ailing us.
    • Not healthy areas
    • Not cosmetic problems – Jeremiah 6:14
    • Real healing (treatment) for real problems
    • We need the treatment where we have the problem
    • If it is not treated, it could kill us
  • So,,, where is revival needed?

Interpretation & Explanation

  • Vision
  • Example of Scripture
    • Genesis 15:1 – After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
    • Numbers 12:6 – And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
    • 1 Samuel 3:1 – And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.
    • 1 Samuel 3:15 – And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel feared to show Eli the vision.
    • 2 Samuel 7:17 – According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.
    • 2 Chronicles 15:3 – Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.
    • 2 Chronicles 32:32 – Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and his goodness, behold, they are written in the vision of Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, and in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
    • Isaiah 1:1 – The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
    • Isaiah 29:11 – And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:
    • Jeremiah 14:14 – Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spoke unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of naught, and the deceit of their heart.
    • Jeremiah 23:16 – Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.
    • Lamentations 2:9 – Her gates are sunk into the ground; he hath destroyed and broken her bars: her king and her princes are among the Gentiles: the law is no more; her prophets also find no vision from the LORD.
    • Ezekiel 7:26 – Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumor shall be upon rumor; then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients.
    • Ezekiel 12:22-24, 27 – Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?  Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them, The days are at hand, and the effect of every vision.  For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel. (27) Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off.
    • Ezekiel 13:7 – Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The LORD saith it; albeit I have not spoken?
    • Amos 8:12 – And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
    • Obadiah 1:1 – The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning Edom; We have heard a rumor from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle.
    • Nahum 1:1 – The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.
    • Habakkuk 2:2-3 – And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.  For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
    • Zechariah 13:4 – And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive:
    • Proverbs 29:18 – Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
  • The Word of the Lord
    • Parallel nature of poetry
  • When there was no written word, spoken by the man of God
  • People
    • Plural
      • Ezra 9:8-9 – And now for a little space grace hath been showed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.  For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.
      • Psalms 85:6 – Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?
      • Psalms 138:7 – Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.
      • Isaiah 57:15 – For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
      • Hosea 6:2 –  After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
      • Hosea 14:7 – They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.
      • Habakkuk 3:2 – O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.
    • Corporate
      • If individuals can grow, cannot “groups” also grow?

o Family sins – when family practice is not in accordance with the Scripture

o Church sins

o Cultural sins

o National sins

  • Not always sin, could be lack of growth
  • Made up of individuals (“he that keepeth”)
  • Perish
    • Are made naked
      • Exodus 32:25
    • Are lawless
      • Judges 17:6; 21:25 – In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
      • Proverbs 12:15 – The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
      • Proverbs 21:2 – Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.
    • Are idle, or play
      • Exodus 32:25
    • Are scattered
    • Are destroyed
  • Keepeth
    • Psalm 19:11
  • Law
    • The Word of God
  • Happy – blessed
  • Where
    • This is the place of perishing
    • This is where the revival is needed
    • Where there is no Word of God
    • Where is the Word of God not applied to our lives?
  • The Bible speaks to every area of our lives,
    • Not just spiritual areas
    • All areas – “all ground is sacred; every bush is burning”
    • Not psychology – we study the word to see what man is like, not man; God’s instructions are not made “willy-nilly”
    • Not pragmatism – lots of things “work,” not all are biblical or God-honoring

o Contemporary worship services

o Question is what are we working toward

  • Not big business methodology – businessmen in our church cannot impose business methods on the church; they must study the Bible to see how the church (and their business) should work



  • The message to the church
    • Individual application
      • How will we live when Christ rules the earth?
      • Workplace (vocation)
      • Politics
      • Relationships
    • Corporate application
      • Family application

o Celebrating the Lord’s Day

  • How will we live when Christ rules the earth?

o The Bride of Christ – the church

  • Ephesians 5:19
    • Music
    • Matthew 18:15-20
      • Church order
      • Acts 6:2-4
        • Church work
        • Eccl. 5:2; Matthew 6:6-13
          • Public prayer
          • “Owning the curse”
            • Homosexuality
            • Judicial problems
            • Women in combat


  • Our lives, private, public, and corporate must be governed by and aligned with the Word of God
  • This is something that must come from our study of Scripture
    • From biblical teaching (spoken, written)
    • From Bible study
    • From godly communion, fellowship
  • As we seek revival, let us seek to draw nearer to God and His standards individually, yes, but also as families and as a church
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